Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I did this manicure modeled after my Harry Potter mani.  I really liked that color combo, so I decided to do something a little more unique.

For this, I painted my nails with two coats of Color Club Wild at Heart, painting just the top half of my index finger.  Then I stamped black stars using Color Club Revvvolution.  I topped everything with CND Sapphire Sparkle, which gave it this amazing shimmer.

Two holographic polishes plus a shimmer top coat - could it get any more shimmery?

Color Club Wild at Heart, CND Sapphire Sparkle, Color Club Revvvolution

I love how this turned out!  I think it is perfect for the holidays too :)
What do you think?

Bad news - OPI purchased by Coty

Thank you to Sarah for informing me about this.  Coty has purchased OPI, one of the most popular nail polish lines in North America, for what is rumored to be more than one billion dollars.  I have been a very loyal fan of OPI for many, many years now, but I do not purchase anything made by Coty.  Why?  Because Coty still practices inhumane and cruel animal testing.  I am obviously very unhappy about this; I was really, really hoping it wouldn't happen.  OPI has never tested on animals, so I was hoping that those morals would carry through and they would refuse a deal by a company that is known to perform tests on animals.  I love OPI polishes, but I also really liked Essie polishes before they were purchased by L'Oreal (I have not purchased Essie since).  I refuse to give money to a company that tortures and kills innocent animals.  The price of beauty should never be that high.

Zoya and China Glaze are both popular polish brands that DO NOT test on animals.  Orly and SpaRitual are also cruelty-free (thanks MightyLambchop!).

To read more about this, please visit Lacquerized or Body & Soul.
For a recent list of companies who still test on animals HERE or HERE (Do Not Buy lists)

What are your thoughts on this?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Brooke Cooks - Stewed Cinnamon Apples with Pecans

Stewed Cinnamon Apples with Pecans

For these, I cooked apples over low heat with a little sugar and cinnamon.  Once the apples were tender, I added some pecans and cooked for another five minutes.  This is such a simple but comforting dessert.

I hope everyone is having a nice week!  I'm exhausted from Thanksgiving - too much travel, food, and shopping!  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Are you prepared to face the crowds?  Or have you already battled them off to claim your 42" flat screen and a digital photo frame?  Or did you stick with online shopping to snag the best deals?  Or perhaps you aren't taking part in this consumer-driven 'holiday' (which is probably the safest option).  Either way, happy black Friday!

For Black Friday I had to do a black manicure.  This is my favorite black polish (it's so gorgeous): Color Club Revvvolution.  For this manicure, I painted one coat of Color Club Revvvolution, then I stamped a bunch of random stars using a fake Konad plate and China Glaze Cheers to You.

I hope everyone is having a nice Black Friday :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giveaway Winners

Giveaway Winners!!

Age Science Personal Microderm
Jenny B.

Overall Beauty Mineral Shadows

Revlon Fantasy Lengths
Mary L.

I really appreciate all the kind donations to Walk for Paws!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered and helped support Animal Advocates.

(I am SO, SO, SO sorry this is so late.  I promise to be better in the future!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

China Glaze 'Tis The Season - Holiday 2010 (1)

I am SO EXCITED about how perfectly Christmasy China Glaze's new 'Tis The Season to Be Naughty or Nice collection is.  Each and very shade reminds me of the holidays.  I think they did a very, very nice job with this collection - it has the perfect pre-holiday polishes, party-ready glitters, great stocking stuffer shades, and shimmery New Year's silvers and golds.

Today I have the first six shades in the collection, but I'll have the gorgeous reds and greens soon.  Check out the colors and let me know what you think!


Frosty is a beautiful pearly white shimmer that reminds me of fresh fallen snow.  If you've been reading for a while, you may know that I have a fondness for (perhaps even an obsession with) pearly white polishes.  I have searched high and low and purchased many a dud, but Frosty OPI's Pearl of Wisdom, are the two most beautiful I have found.  When I was in middle and early high school, I felt like red nails were to vavavoom for me, so at Christmas time I would get pearly white nails.  This polish reads so perfectly "Christmas" to me.  It really is very beautiful.  Frosty looks nice with one sheer coat and great with 2-3.  It dried quickly and had a pretty good consistency.

This is with one coat (I applied it a little thicker on my index and middle fingers)


Snow is a PURE white polish that is actually streak free (an incredible feat, in my opinion).  My sister went through a phase a few years ago where all she wore was white polish and I thought it was so chic.  White polish has a very mod, minimalist look.  It's like an unstated statement.  Snow is a great white polish because it is streak free and I am amazed to say that Snow is my ONLY white nail polish (I have white design polishes, but not a single pure white polish).  Snow would be great as a base for holiday designs or underneath Party Hearty.  I used two coats.  Snow dried medium-fast.

Party Hearty

Have you ever seen a more Christmasy polish?  I love this!  I have a ton of pictures of Party Hearty to show how it looks in varying layers.  The picture above is three coats of Party Hearty over top of Snow.  Party Hearty dries ridiculously fast and layers great.  Seriously - this polish is CHRISTMAS in a bottle.

One thin coat of Party Hearty over Snow

Two coats of Party Hearty over Snow

Three coats of Party Hearty over Snow

Two coats of Party Hearty over Midnight Kiss

Two coats of Party Hearty over bare nails (this was not fun to remove - I suggest using it over a color or at the very least a base coat.  It came off easily when I wore it over Snow).

Cheers to You

I really like this fabulous silver foil.  It covered great and had an awesome sheen.  I only needed two coats for opaque coverage and Cheers to You dried very fast.  I have also tried using this as a Konad stamping polish and it works really well.  I think it is stunning.

Midnight Kiss

I'm a little disappointed that this gorgeous gold has such a generic name because I think it is a beautiful, beautiful polish.  I LOVE gold polishes and this one is just perfect - just the right amount of gold without being too warm.  It has a great shimmer and it shines beautifully in the light.  Midnight Kiss covered with two coats and dried very fast.  This is one of my favorites in the entire collection.

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells is a bronzed gold foil with a very nice glow to it.  It is a little warm for my skin tone - it definitely reminds me the color of a bell (like little reindeer bells!).  It is pretty, but it would look better on someone with a darker skin tone than I have.  Jingle Bells covered nicely with two coats and dried very quickly.

So does this get you in the holiday spirit or what?
Which shade is your favorite so far?
And, just out of curiosity, do you prefer Jingle Bells (bronze) or Midnight Kiss (gold)?
Thanks for reading!

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Brooke Cooks - Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

These nuts should also be called "Bet you can't eat just one" - J and I ate the ENTIRE batch of these nuts in one day (they're pretty dangerous...).  But oh my goodness are these delicious.  They are just like the nuts that they sell at the Sugarloaf craft fair each year for $5-6 for a little cone - plus they are so much easier to make than I ever expected.  Let me know if you try these - I think they would make excellent gifts and they would also be great to set out when family or friends come over (again, granted you can resist eating them all!).  Hope you enjoy!

1 egg white
1/2 Tb water
2 tsp vanilla
1 Lb pecans
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  With a mixer, beat egg whites, water, and vanilla until foamy.  Add sugar and cinnamon.  With the mixer on the lowest setting (or by hand to keep pecans whole), still pecans into sugar and egg mixture.

Spread pecans onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Enjoy fresh out of the oven or after pecans have cooled.

I got this recipe from AllRecipes.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

Harry Potter Nails - Day 5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is in theaters today!!  To share the excitement, I have my final Harry Potter manicure featuring all of the house colors.  These are my Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff House Flags.

For this manicure, I used (index to pinkie):

China Glaze Phat Santa
Nicole by OPI One Voice
SpaRitual Yes, I Can
China Glaze Cheers to You
Nicole by OPI A New Kind of Blue
China Glaze Jingle Bells
CND Oilslick
Nicole by OPI One Voice

Happy Harry Potter Day!

My wizardly Heidi :)

Are you seeing Harry Potter tonight (or have you already seen it)?  
I hope everyone is having a nice Friday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter Week - Day 4

Gryffindor Nails

I was really pleased to read your comments on Monday about my Harry Potter nail post, and especially excited to see that some of you mentioned you had always felt you belonged in the Ravenclaw or the Hufflepuff house.  I have always felt, were I a wizard, I would have been in the Gryffindor house, so tonight I did Gryffindor nails.  I wanted them to be a little different than my Gryffindor nails from Monday, but I'm thinking I liked those a lot better.  This manicure also appears to be suffering from "I had a bad day at work" syndrome; I apologize for the messiness.  At least it is the end of the day and tomorrow is Friday.  I've been trying to enjoy my weeks more instead of just focusing on the weekends (what fun is life if you're always trying to get through it to the next break?), but it can be difficult on rougher days.  It is on days like this where I really do wish I could be transported to a magical world, one where spells could change the entire course of a day or an invisibility cloak could render you, well, truly invisible.  Wouldn't it be fun if things could be that magical?  That is part of why I love Harry Potter.  It is a world that is truly fantastical and a wonderful escape from reality.  And that is why I can't wait to see the new Harry Potter movie this weekend :)

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harry Potter Week - Day 3

The first half of the seventh Harry Potter movie will be released just a few days from now, so today I have a magical Hogwarts-worthy manicure.  For this I used the incredible China Glaze It's My Turn from their Kaleidoscope Collection a few years ago.  It's My Turn is a gorgeous gold holographic polish.  If I could only choose 20 polishes to use for the rest of time, this would be one of them.  I think it is just stunning.

Check back tomorrow for another Harry Potter inspired manicure!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Harry Potter Week - Day 2

Welcome to our second day of Harry Potter Week!!  I'm so glad so many other Harry Potter fans are enjoying this fun-filled week with me :D

Unfortunately, my nails are still stained from a dark polish I used a while ago, but I still LOVE this manicure.  I used two coats of Color Club Wild at Heart for the french manicure tips, then I stamped stars using Color Club Revvvolution.  I topped everything with two coats of CND Sapphire Sparkle for gorgeous shimmer and shine.

I thought that the purple, stars, and sparkle all seemed very "wizardly" and perfect for Harry Potter week.  Hope you like it!  I'll have a new Harry Potter manicure tomorrow too :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Harry Potter Week - Day 1

Welcome to Harry Potter Week!!!  To celebrate the release of part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the movie version of the seventh book, coming this Friday, November 19, I will have five different Harry Potter-inspired manicures all week.  I've been reading Harry Potter books for more than half of my life, so I am really excited about the second to last movie - and really excited to share some Harry Potter manicures!

For the manicure today, I wanted to represent all four of the houses at Hogwarts.  On my index, I have the maroon and gold colors that make up the Gryffindor house, on my middle finger I have silver and green for Slytherin, Ravenclaw is on my ring finger in blue and bronze, and on my pinkie I have Hufflepuff in black and yellow.

I decided to redo the Slytherin manicure to make it look like green flames, but it didn't show up very well in my pictures.

Two coats of Nicole by OPI One Voice, with Konad plate m65 in OPI Just a Little Rosti at This (plus handpainted stripes in Rosti).

Opt. 1: Two coats China Glaze Cheers to You with OPI Cuckoo for this Color Konaded with plate m65, filled in with Zoya Veruschka.  
Opt. 2: Two coats China Glaze Cheers to You with Zoya Irene, OPI Cuckoo for this Color, and Zoya Veruschka Konaded with plate m73.

Two coats China Glaze 2030 with OPI Yodel Me on My Cell Konaded with plate m63.

Two coats of Nicole by OPI One Voice with a Konad design in CND Blackjack using plate m65.

Stop by tomorrow for my second Harry Potter-inspired manicure!!

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